Recently, I have been in a mood for reading some science fiction (well, some of these are fantasy but I am more in a mood for science fiction. I think I actually may like sci-fi more than fantasy) books.

T5W Group  where meme originated can be found on the link.


1. Unplugged

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

Status: Currently reading but waiting to get from the library. I already sampled the first three chapters.

What I like about Unplugged is that it has a dystopia that I feel is plausible. It has so many allusions to current day issues that black and brown people deal with and main character is latina. Also, this would be a good series to get into because the second one came out recently and the third  one comes out in December.


2. The Between

When Hilton was just a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. When Hilton’s wife, the only elected African-American judge in Dade County, FL, begins to receive racist hate mail, he becomes obsessed with protecting his family. Soon, however, he begins to have horrible nightmares, more intense and disturbing than any he has ever experienced. Are the strange dreams trying to tell him something? His sense of reality begins to slip away as he battles both the psychotic threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep. Chilling and utterly convincing, The Between follows the struggles of a man desperately trying to hold on to the people and life he loves, but may have already lost. The compelling plot holds readers in suspense until the final, profound moment of resolution.

Status: Currently reading – same as Unplugged except I am going to buy this one because it is cheap online.

Horror and fantasy!


3. On the Edge of Gone

January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Status: Haven’t started yet.

I moved it up my TBR because I think it would be fun to read it for autism awareness month. With the line “When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?” it is a sci-fi I have to read.


4. Sorcerer to the Crown

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

Status: Read the prologue but have not read further yet.

Black. Victorian. fantasy.


5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Status: Still haven’t started yet.

A lot of sff books are doom and gloom so I like the idea of reading something hopeful. Having a book about exploring species, cultures, and worlds is appealing. I have not  read a book with any of these things since reading The Best of All Possible Worlds last year so I hope it is good.

288: Best of Possible Worlds



A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.

Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.

The Good

Whenever I come into a sci-fi/fantasy novel I go through an overwhelming sense of disappointment because they are almost always never action-y. The Best of All Possible Worlds first chapter started the book off seeming like this was going to be an action book. I’m so glad that I did not give this book a DNF when I realized it was not going to be what I though it would be. I would have missed out on the quiet subtle quality of this book.

Whenever I read this for a while I got this good feeling. It is actually pretty rare now that I get a good feeling or any feeling from a novel so it is amazing (and kind sad actually) to even look back on this. It all felt like a journey.

One of the main things I liked is the world building – learning about the new worlds and civilizations. The feeling of going on an adventure is one of the parts of fiction I miss.

Black female main character and her families dynamic was interesting.

Romance is built! You do not know how rare this is. A lot of romances in books are insta-lovey or sex=love. The romance even managed to not derail the plot.

The Bad

Could not remember who half the people on the ship or what they did for the ship. This is probably completely my fault for not paying attention but I feel like the other characters were introduced sporadically or something.

Who all the crew mates were was not the only thing that confused me. I was kind of lost a lot of times to what happened. Some people on goodreads brought up that this story is episodic, picking up stories then dropping them. I think the episodicness of the story made it possibly easy to get confused. I agree that this was a slightly annoying aspect of the novel but these mini adventures felt like a journey so I enjoyed them mostly.

Towards the ending the romance went into some tropey gender roles stuff when it could have have been more progressive. I bring this up because it was progressive in other aspects of the story.

The Meh

Best of All Possible Worlds is going to set me up for so many mediocre/terrible sci-fi books I will not end up liking.

[Image and synopsis of Best of All Possible Worlds is from goodreads]

289: The Different Girl



A timeless and evocative debut for contemporary and sci-fi fans

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

The Good
The Different Girl was different from a lot of the young adult books I have read in the past. One major interesting aspect to the story, at first, was the setting. It is set on an island which gave the story for a while mystery.

I think one of the characters was a dark/brown complexioned person of color.

The Bad

Different is only good when you can bring something interesting to the table. When I first started this I thought this is slow but its okay because I felt it was going somewhere. It had the novelty of the setting which grew stale after nothing new came of it.

I came in with a false expectation that this would be philosophical/say something. Usually with books that are slow like this for example  A Tale For Time Being,  there isn’t fast paced story but there is so much said about society and more. I can accept something that is not fast paced but there has to be an exchange of something.

What was the point of this book? Nothing honestly really happened. What is the point if it did not say something? What is the point if everything is obvious and in your face?

It just could have been way better.

Samples & Previews: Covertly Romance

I have left most of the romance books I’ve read disappointed which bothers me. In result I think going in a bit of a new direction is needed. My new direction is going to be covert romances, romance is  going to be secondary to the plot. I thought about the cost and benefits of this new direction too.


A. Better Written Stories

B. Deeper Issues

I do enjoy the romance genre and most of the books I read but I consistently found myself disappointed in the end.


A. Less Romance

B. Possibly Sacrificing the HEA

C. Finding These Romances

I already have problems looking for books that fit what I want anyway so this is nothing new. Also, since romance is seen by many people a certain way it is going to be hard for people to say this has a romance.

Samples & Previews


From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.

[Chapters 1-7]

I started this and remembered why I stopped reading literary fiction.

I’m going to be blunt I think this book is overrated. I know I haven’t got to the possible meat of the story but at 100+ pages I’m like what is so special about this book. At the beginning the story was talking about racial issues in America which is what excited me. I liked that it mentioned things (such as natural hair) something I have not encountered anywhere else (then again I don’t read a lot of literary fiction).



After the interesting beginning set up the story goes back in time to have all these mini-stories that I question will come together. It is understandable why this book is so long because it has all these stories that don’t really have a point in moving this story forward. I read another book, Please Look After Mom, that is literary fiction too that had this short stories of events in the characters interactions with her mom that I think handled things better (I need to finish this book now that I’m thinking about it). All the stories from that book as far as I read are leading to talk about how they treated her mom. I feel there is more of a reflection/talking about issues than Americanah does. It just feels like it is a bunch of stories that have no rhyme or reason.

-From what I have read so far all the characters seemed like stereotypes and one-dimensional.

On the romance front: eh.

All these things came together for me not to want to finish this story.  DNF


A vividly imagined fantasy of court intrigue and dark magics in a steampunk-inflected world, by a brilliant young talent.

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend… and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life.

This exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

[Chapters 1- a bit of 5]

Thus far the romance hasn’t appeared yet so I can’t judge it on that but the story so far is good. As soon as the story started I liked the main character because he is cute. There is court intrigue and an interesting world to get into. Definitely looking forward to getting this from the library.


Conclusion= Romance Reconciliation, Disappointment, Receding

Coming out of this I feel that I’m trying too hard to make a reconciliation with romance work. More and more I’m trying to get as far away from the romance as I can. I wonder how much can I bend it until it breaks or there is the barest amount of romance in the books.  Trying to read Amricanah and a bunch of other books has me questioning why I’m trying to reach back for these genres such as romance, that I left behind. I went through this period of being disappointedly shedding all these genres/categories for a reason. I feel like I am looking back and holding on to many genres based on their potential. It is getting back to a place of me putting books that actually work off to spend time on books that could possibly maybe work. I need to be careful that I’m not working hard to make something that is never going to work, work.

The reason I keep looking back is that in many ways I want more. I want the critical thinking and discussion about things that is present in literary fiction and non-fiction. Then I want the action, adventure, and imagination that is supposed to be present in sci-fi and fantasy. Comics and picture books fill most of the void that the fantasy/sci-fi novel genres doesn’t manage to fill. I don’t know if comics can feel the missing pieces of what I’m not getting from literary and non-fiction though. I guess all these is just me letting myself know I need to expand more in the comics I read.

Previews & Samples: C.O.M.J 1

Going through my preview&samples queue makes me realize why I don’t post a lot of these reviews. One major reason is that it is giving publicity to books/authors who are very popular. Another reason is that a lot of the preview books are me backsliding into genres that  seem to not  be here for me aren’t here for me. I’m doing these to clean out my journals of books I sampled in the past. c.o.m.j = cleaning out my journal


(I like the cover with the girls on it. It has a dark skin and light skin latina on it. The second cover is nice too but it feel like one of those lets hide the race of the main character things.  )

When Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (Paski)’s father returns to Taos from a business trip wearing a velour Juicy men’s track suit, she knows her life is taking a turn for the worse. Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie.

At her new high school, money is everything and the haters rule – especially beautiful, cruel Jessica Nguyen. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by visions. Her psychic grandmother warned that ignoring her gift would lead to trouble. Can Paski ever find a home in the land of the glamorous haters?

[chapters 1-2]

Adjectives to describe the main character: judgmental, mean, opinionated, fat shaming. colorblind? (as in I don’t see race)

I overall do not like the main characters attitude. I know she is a teen which can mean  she is not going to be as conscious about certain things. I do feel the author may be consciously making Paski deal with certain things such as how she views being Latina. Nonetheless, I don’t like the main character. Other than the main character this overall feels like it will be an average story.

  1. moving to new town
  2. being social outcast
  3. hot guy!
On a positive note the story is racially inclusive and main character has possible psychic abilities
I just simply don’t like the main character and the story so yeah.  DNF


I found this for cheap so I decided to read it. It is written in alternating point of views by different authors.

Chapter 1  made me think that this was going to be okay/decent. I liked it. It felt that the guy main characters invisibility would be treated with some levity. I could see how his being invisible seemed to be well thought out.

Chapter 2  This is where the problems came in. Early on into the girl main characters chapter she annoyed me. Her voice as a character is really irritating. First off she does that annoyingly silly simile/metaphor thing “the fans were around him like they were sacrificing him”ya books like to do. Also, of course the lead guy has watercolor or all the colors of the rainbow-colored eyes. Then what probably really got me was her whole he (lead guy) looks like a New Yorker thing. Of course looking New Yorker is white. Then a couple of paragraphs later she is like “this is possibly racist for me to think this”. I’m like yep it is racist. I mean of course the main chick is “frumpy”, white, and I’m not cute girl who still fits the mold of constituent of what is considered attractive.

Nope, DNF



The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in this thrilling debut novel from new talent Howard Andrew Jones

In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

Stopping the thieves a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magic requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome…


The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time—and struggle against their own misgivings—to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

I cannot remember if I talked about my impressions of these books so far so excuse me if I already talked about these. I read both of these books around the same time to do a fantasy versus thing.

Overall, I was not engaged with these two books. In Throne of Crescent Moon I did not exactly know what was going on and if I liked it. Desert Souls characterization was off.  DNF

Library Checkout & Reviews {39}: So Many Books I Did Not Read

I already diagnosed my brother as the culprit to me getting so many books in these library checkouts. Yeah, he grabbed a bunch of books at the library again.

               Did Not Get Finished

These are either: A. I read the first couples pages did not like it, B.  already DNF in the past or C.  did not think I would like it.


 22798022107032Captain America, Volume 1: Castaway In Dimension Z7933938

A. I read the first couples pages did not like it.

  • Red Hood and The Outlaws- unengaged
  • Constantine (“I’m tough average dude who is bad inside because of the things I make people do or something but I’m good” ugh, unengaged)
  • I kill giants ( My interest got a bit lost when the foreword goes on a minirant about how comics have these covers that don’t match the contents of the story which is bad. I can understand a bit of this because there are times I get a comic that has a awesome cover which makes you think it is going to be x way but its y way. When the person who did the foreword lauded it as an indie book that is better than all these superheroe stories, then the story did not get my interest. I clocked out.)
  • Uncanny Avengers: The Red Shadow (I don’t know whats going on and don’t care. It seems like I don’t like Rick Remenders writing.)
  • Spider-Man 2099 vol. 1 (eh, I think a new up to date Spiderman 2099 would be more interesting)
  • Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (I lost interest and it feels like there is another book that come before this.)
  • The New Avengers vol. 1 Breakout (unengaged/confused on what is going on)

B.  already DNF in the past.

Black Panther

C.  did not think I would like so Preliminary DNF

  1. Death of Wolverine
  2. Suicide Squad
  3. Batman: a death in the family
  4. Captain America Castaway in Dimeinson Z (Rick Remender bulk DNF)
  5. New Suicide Squad vol. 1 (don’t exactly remember the exact Suicide Squad because I had no urge to read this from day one)


Constantine, Vol. 1: The Spark and the Flame18811393


I thought all these would be DNF but they turned out not to be.


Pro: It checks and makes fun of Hal Jordan, can get into the story without needing to read all these other books to understand this one, Sinestro is awesome, the art is really nice too


+cute kids, homeless kid representation,  realistic to the action and thoughts of kids

My Definites

I thought I would finish and like these. I liked most of them.


Magneto, Vol. 1: Infamous22798025

Ms. Marvel vol. 3 brought the cute, funny, and fun!

Ultimate Spiderman vol.2 I find the everything is my fault even though I wasn’t even born, around, or aware spiderman things funny. Only Spiderman can make everything his fault.

Magneto vol. 1 & 2 already read the first issue before even getting this so I knew a bit of what to expect. Magneto is ruthless. There are moments when I think he is going to take the high road like other heroes, nope. I enjoyed volume 1 for the most part but towards the end I started to get antsy about how it seemed to just be him killing people. At the start of the second volume I started to feel he was killing people without an immediate purpose. Then the story went into what is even going on territory (I heard this is because of some crossover) which made the volume two not that enjoyable. I hope that volume 3 fixes things.


I rechecked this one out so this will be  in my next library checkout.

Non-graphic Novels/ Picture Books

Yep, I actually got books that are not picture books or graphic novels. Seeing how things went you can probably tell why this is not a common occurrence.


I recently did a Pre-library Checkout that said I was all into this book. The Three Body is  one of the only two books out of five in the Pre-library checkout that I did decide to continue.

How to go from a continue definitely to a DNF in one chapter…

  1. Take away all that was interesting from part 1.
  2. Insert boring male main character.
  3. Writing go stale too.
I would’ve been totally good if this would’ve been a historical fiction novel without any science fiction elements that just deals with the cultural revolution (that is basically what it was in part 1). It is not only that the new addition of the stale male character but also the fact that the story is not going to be redeemed. The only aspects of the story that I truly was behind was Ye Wenjie and learning about the cultural revolution. I know the science fiction elements are going to be sparse and take forever to appear.  Like I said in my pre-library checkout if the story is going to be slow I have to enjoy the journey. Since I don’t have what made me want to continue the book I’m going to let it go.  DNF

Pros He is just so cute it warms my heart.

Cons Going toward the halfway point I started feeling the 50% shoe drop. The Goblin Emperor  gets comparison to A Song of Ice and Fire series which I was like yeah 🙂 at first. After a while the politics and seeing the same things being illustrated got boring. We get that he is inexperienced and doesn’t know the lay of the land.  I kinda think I’m an action person. I need to feel forward progression. Then again when I think about all I liked about this book it seems to come down to how cute the ears on the characters are. come back


Right now I’m getting put off by the boring letters that I’ve been encountering but this is a good book. I am going to come back to this one later.  come back

Moving On From Closed Doors

The thing that bothers me is I’m not coming back into things that aren’t comics or picture books feeling amazed. I’m coming back to disappointment and boredom. I feel like I came back mostly for the idealization/potential of what all these genres/categories could be (which I notice I do a lot). I take for granted how much comics handle their business and leave. I keep green eggs and haming this, thinking maybe if it is shorter, non-fiction, or whatever things will change. The question to ask myself is when and if I need to finally close the door for good.

Recheck Out

Since the Spider-verse is so big and I meandered a bit I had to recheck this out.



I like most of the spider characters and stories. There are differences in the characters experiences, powers, universes, and etc.


The biggest problem I had with this book is that it jumps around so much. Sometimes it would not even connect stories that connect to each other. For example, you have Spider something #12 then after a couple of other stories we come back to Spider something #13 which directly connects. I feel that this is a necessary evil because it is dealing with different Spider stories at different times in their run. Another thing that got a bit on my nerves is “with great power comes great responsibility”

There were moments were I was like this is so long  not only because of the jumping around but also a few of the stories are lame. I feel that overall it was a very good book that was worth the time and amount of pages that it contained. I left the story ready to read more.


I need to read more comics/picture books.

Samples&Previews: Pre-Library Checkout {37}

Now that school is starting soon my attention span is tacking a dive. It is making it hard for me to finish books because I have no desire to read the books from the library. So I decided to sample a bunch of books.


A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

[ chapters 1 and a bit of 2]

Cons From the first sentence I did not like the main character or the story, the music aspect of the novel seems gimmicky



With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from  China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

[3 chapters]

Pros  learning about Chinese history, beginning is strong, main character and her history

Cons it feels like a slow burn

I do worry about how sci-fi this is going to get. If I am going to read a slow burn book I need to like the slow bits which I do.  I like learning about the Chinese history and about the main character so this is a continue definitely.


It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper—both as individuals and as a society.

In Smarter Than You Think Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what’s good of the old.

Thompson introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters who augment their minds in inventive ways. There’s the seventy-six-year old millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment—giving him instant recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There’s a group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled HIV scientists for a decade—and solved it collaboratively in only one month.

Smarter Than You Think isn’t just about pioneers. It’s about everyday users of technology and how our digital tools—from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones—are giving us new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. Thompson harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind—pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.

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Reading books like this makes me realize how intellectually unstimulated I am in many ways. To learn things and talk about things critically is interesting to me.

Young Adult Fiction
I know ya and me are supposed to have parted ways but here were are.

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

Setting, how the main character is described, family dynamic feels interesting and different.
Something is stopping me from full investment.

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Pros mentions the racism in the ballet community, racially diverse cast (black, Asian, and white main characters)
Cons  There does not seem to be a break from the drama, has some annoying ya stuff poking out that I can see getting on my nerves later
Pro/Con I’m on the fence on Gigi’s portrayal. On one hand I am happy to see a black girl character be allowed to be a bit naïve but on the other hand her naiveté is more than likely going to get on my nerves. I want her to keep her morals and stay innocent while still being self-aware. I think that the characters overall are not going to get that fleshed out to be honest.  DNF

A Few Things Technology Is Benefiting Me As A Reader

This is based on Smarter Than You Think

It is connecting me to so many books and authors I would never hear about before. There are a bunch of books that fail because people just don’t know they exist. That is why it bothers me that I see the same books being shown over and over again.
Gatekeeping is a very big problem in the publishing industry. So many voices that people actually want to hear are not let in. For example, interracial romance is rarely seen in the mainstream publishing industry. If I see a book advertisement about romance it is very rare to see a black woman included in anything. In general honestly I am fatigued by the whiteness of the publishing industry.

[all images and synopsis are from goodreads]